Mid-East Conflict

The unrest in the Middle-East focuses on the civil struggle between the government of Israel and its Palestinian people who want to establish a separate Palestinian state. Most of the Arab and/or Islamic nations in the area are also involved. The United States, the U.N., the European Union, and even Russia are all trying to broker peace in the region.

The current wave of violence could die out and become one of many such cycles in the area, or it could lead to more serious war. The outcome of this war could be a most welcome peace agreement.

Such a peace agreement might be just another phase in the age-old struggle between these nations, or it could be the false peace mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 5:3. While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (NIV)

When Israel finally is at peace, it will be the first time since they became a nation in 1948 that they have enjoyed such security. This could cause them to lower their guard, which would set the scene for yet another war, such as the one predicted in Ezekiel 38 and 39. (Many good Bible teachers think that war is more likely at the end of the Tribulation, but it does not correspond exactly to the Battle of Armageddon.) If it does come before the Tribulation, it will most likely correspond to the 2nd Seal of Revelation 6.

The dramatic end of this great war of the 2nd Seal could produce the treaty predicted in Daniel 9:27, which many prophecy scholars identify as the beginning of the seven-year Tribulation period.

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Newer Articles: After May 15, 2010

Obama urges funds for Israel shield

May 15, 2010 - US president Barack Obama has asked Congress for $205 million for the construction of a new short-range anti-missile defence system to protect Israel from rockets launched from the Gaza Strip and Lebanon.
The president recognises the threat missiles and rockets fired by Hamas and Hezbollah pose to Israelis, and has therefore decided to seek funding from Congress to support the production of Israel's short range rocket defence system called Iron Dome.
Source: Al Jazeera
Medvedev to Assad: In case of war Israel intends to use nuclear weapons - Prophecy Central's Gog and Magog Section

Netanyahu: We will never divide Jerusalem

May 13, 2010 Speaking at ceremony marking 43rd anniversary of reunification of Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel's capital 'will never return to being divided, gloomy, and halved. We will continue to build and be built in Jerusalem.'
Source: YNet News

Lebanese PM supports Hezbollah's right to scuds

May 11, 2010 - According to the A-Saphir newspaper, Lebanese Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri is supportive of all that Hezbollah has done to "prevent Israel from invading Lebanon," including the amassing of Scud missiles.
According to the sources, when Hariri heard his opinions upset the US, he explained that he puts the interests of Lebanon above all else.
Source: Jerusalem Post

US: Productive start to peace talks

May 6, 2010 - After more than a year of stalled talks, US Middle East envoy George Mitchell launched Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations Wednesday. He met first with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and plans to visit Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas next in Ramallah.The U.S. State Department reported that the first meeting was productive.
Abbas is allocating four months for the indirect talks, insisting that the main disagreements must be discussed — control of Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees, borders and Israel's West Bank settlements.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Israel-PA 'proximity' talks to commence Wednesday

May 3, 2010 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to personally head negotiations in order to avoid possible leaks. The talks wil begin Wednesday, and will be mediated by US special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell.

Before the Wednesday talks, Netanyahu plans to visit Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt to discuss the Egyptian demand to disarm the Mideast of nuclear weapons.

Source: YNet News
Abbas: Mideast proximity peace talks to address final-status issues - Haaretz
Arab nations back indirect talks - Jerusalem Post
Barack Obama threatens to impose peace plan on Middle East - Telegraph UK

US: Proximity talks to begin next week

May 1, 2010 - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters that so-called "proximity talks," meaning indirect negotiations about peace between Israel and the Palestinians, will resume next week when US special envoy George Mitchell returns to the Middle East. If all goes well on this level, Clinton hopes that the parties will conduct direct negotiations to work out all the difficult issues.
Clinton said the US expected an Arab foreign ministers meeting on Saturday to endorse the new talks, which would give Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas political cover to resume indirect negotiations.
Source: YNet News
Israeli officials: Obama to call world summit if Mideast peace talks fail - Haaretz

Bibi be gone: Obama team plotting overthrow of Israel's Netanyahu

Apr. 30, 2010 - President Barack Obama is apparently trying to topple Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Sources in the administration and Congress asserted that the White House and State Department have sought to destabilize Netanyahu's government by forcing him to agree to an indefinite freeze on Jewish construction in the West Bank and most of Jerusalem.
The White House would prefer to work with former foreign minister Tsipi Livni to accomplish its vision of a peace plan for the Middle East.
Source: World Tribune

Claims and counterclaims about Hezbollah acquiring new Scud missiles

Apr. 29, 2010 - Earlier this month the Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai reported that Scud Missiles from Syria were being installed in Lebanon. These missiles are more accurate than the ones Saddam Hussein used against Israel in 1991, and are capable of reaching any point in Israel. This development prompted US defense secretary Robert Gates to say, "Hizballah has far more rockets and missile than most governments in the world."

Meanwhile, King Abdullah II of Jordan has warned that the next war in the region could erupt as soon as this summer, and will waged principally with rockets rather than tanks and ground forces.

Senior Israeli defence officials say the deployment alters the strategic balance in the region.
Source: Times Online
Iran, Syria, Hizballah gear up to provoke summer war - DEBKAfile

Abbas 'ready' for proximity talks

Apr. 27, 2010 - At the urging of US special Middle East envoy George Mitchell, and the announcement that the Israeli government would effectively freeze construction of new homes in some of Jerusalem’s neighborhoods, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has warmed to the idea of resuming “proximity talks” about peace between the Palestinians and Israel. He told interviewers that he would seek the Arab League's agreement on the issue.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Obama tells Barak US committed to Israel's security - YNet News
Netanyahu:'Proximity talks can start next week' - Jerusalem Post
Palestinians await Arab response on peace proposal - Yahoo

Netanyahu: Israel and U.S. want peace process to begin immediately

Apr. 26, 2010 - While U.S. Mideast envoy George Mitchell was in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with his cabinet and affirmed that Israel and the United States want to "begin a peace process immediately", and that he hoped the Palestinians shared the same goal.
"We will know in the coming days whether the process will get under way. I hope that it will indeed get under way," he said in public remarks at the cabinet.
Mitchell said his current visit yielded "positive and productive talks" with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. He plans to return to the Middle East next week.
Source: Haaretz

Fears that war between Israel and Hizbollah is 'imminent'

Apr. 15, 2010 - Following reports that Syria is arming Hezbollah fighters in Lebannon with Scud missiles, King Abdullah of Jordan has warned that there are fears in Lebanon that a war between Israel and Hezbollah is “imminent.”

Syria denies that they have transferred scuds to Lebanon, and says that the story was fabricated by Israel as a pretext by Israel to raise tension prior to a possible attack on Hezbollah.

There are also reports that Syria has trained Hezbollah operatives to use advanced anti-aircraft batteries that could shoot down Israeli jets..

Source: Telegraph - UK

Jones denies new US ME plan after Netanyahu shuns nuclear summit

Apr. 9, 2010 - Relations between the US and Israel have gone from bad to worse. President Obama and Israeli prime minister Netanyahu had disagreements at the White House meeting on March 23, and Netanyahu has decided not to attend the US-sponsored summit on nuclear terror.

Barak Obama's National Security Adviser James Jones told reporters that the US "doesn't have a new US plan to offer... we don't intend to surprise anybody at any time."

But he did not deny the intention to impose a future plan. The reporters' questions were prompted by DEBKA-Net-Weekly's exclusive disclosures this week on Obama's "borders first" plan for an Israeli-Palestinian accord.
Source: DEBKAfile

Netanyahu won't attend nuke summit in US

Apr. 9, 2010 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided not to attend the nuclear summit organized by President Barack Obama. He will send Minister for Intelligence Affairs Dan Meridor to represent Israel at the conference.
The PM made the decision Thursday after finding out that several Muslim states intend to bring up Israel's failure to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Netanyahu has not yet responded to demands made by President Obama about efforts to renew the talks with the Palestinians.
Source: Ynet

Netanyahu: Israel will not be pushed to peace

Apr.8, 2010 - While President Barack Obama is thinking about submitting a new American Middle East peace plan this fall, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told his close aides"[I]t won't work and it won't be acceptable if a settlement is forced on us." Among other issues, he said that Israel would have to retain a military presence along its eastern border with Jordan.
Source: Haaretz

Hamas to halt rocket attacks on Israel

Apr. 7, 2010 - In an effort to stop Israel from launching a major Gaza offensive, Hamas and several other Palestinian factions decided to continue the suspension of rocket attacks.
Besides Hamas, groups represented at the meeting were Islamic Jihad, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Representatives of Fatah were invited but did not attend.
Source: UPI

Arab League summit to focus on Jerusalem

Mar. 27, 2010 - The 22-nation Arab League is gathering in Libya for their annual summit. It is expected that the status of East Jerusalem will be a key issue. Clashes in the Gaza Strip, the worst in a year, will also be discussed.
The summit comes amid heightened, and lethal, tensions over Israeli plans to continue building in East Jerusalem and access to sites there revered by Jews and Muslims alike, and follows clashes in the Gaza Strip Friday...
Palestinians are launching rockets from the Gaza Strip and Israeli soldiers are using tanks and heavy machine-guns to fight back.
Source: Haaretz

Israel pledges to launch talks

Mar. 25, 2010 - Following a disappointing meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and U.S. President Obama, the Israeli delegation "worked furiously with US officials" to produce a document outlining Israeli commitments to deal with the core issues – settlements, Jerusalem, refugees and security – during the proximity talks with the Palestinians.
The assumption is that the US will then take this document to the Palestinians, and to the Arab League, which is meeting in Tripoli, Libya, this weekend, and say that this was what Israel has agreed upon in writing.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Binyamin Netanyahu humiliated after Barack Obama 'dumped him for dinner' - Times Online
Netanyahu arrives home amid standoff with Obama on key issues - DEBKA

Obama, Netanyahu seek to defuse tensions

Mar. 23, 2010 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent about 90 minutes with President Obama in the Oval Office yesterday, but reporters were not allowed to take pictures and were not given any information about the talks. It is assumed that the issue of building programs in Israel was discussed as a hinderance to U.S. plans to restart peace negotiations.

Netanyahu also visited Congress and received a warm public reception from representatives of both political parties.

"We in Congress stand by Israel," the leader of the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., assured Netanyahu at an all-smiles appearance before the cameras. "In Congress we speak with one voice on the subject of Israel."
Source: MSNBC
Israel and the US: A battered friendship - BBC
Israel defies Obama over Jerusalem settlements - Times Online
Analysis: Blundering toward disaster - David Horowitz - Jerusalem Post
Israel's New Enemy: America? - Cal Thomas - Jewish World Review

Mitchell invites Netanyahu to meet with Obama

Mar. 21, 2010 - US special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell has personally delivered an official invitation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet with US President Barack Obama in Washington. The trip will take place immediately so Netanyahu and Obama can meet on Tuesday. He will also meet with Vice President Joe Biden and may have a round of meetings with senior senators and congressmen.
Source: YNet News
Netanyahu firm on settlements before U.S. visit - Reuters
Israel to ask US for bombs in the fight against Iran's Nuclear sites - Times Online

Israeli Ships Fire on Gaza after Rocket Attack

Mar. 19, 2010 - An Israeli warship responded to rocket attacks from Gaza by firing on tunnels that run under the Gaza-Egypt border and on a metal workshop in Gaza City.
"This is the third rocket attack that has directly targeted an Israeli community in the past 24 hours," Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said of Thursday's incident.
Source: CBN

Middle East Quartet urges Israeli settlement freeze

Mar. 19, 2010 - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, speaking for the "Quartet" of Middle East peace mediators (US, UN, EU, Russia), condemned Israel's recently announced plans to build 1600 new homes in East Jerusalem. East Jerusalem has been under Israeli control since the six-day war in 1967. The surprise announcement put a halt to the indirect peace talks that began a week ago.
Source: BBC

Israel vows fierce response after Kassam kills Thai worker

Mar. 18, 2010 - A small Islamist faction called Ansar al-Sunna claimed responsibility for a Kassam rocket attack in the Gaza strip that killed a Thai greenhouse worker. They claimed it was a response to Israel's "Judaization" of Islamic holy places.
A second group, the Aksa Martyrs Brigades, also later claimed responsibility.

Vice Premier Silvan Shalom warned that the attack would lead to a strong reaction, and said that Hamas was ultimately responsible.

Source: Jerusalem Post

US, Israel push to end row over East Jerusalem

Mar. 17, 2010 - After a stormy disruption of unofficial peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, soothing comments by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicate a desire to resume the process. The U.S. is asking Israel for a halt to the latest building program in East Jerusalem in order to draw Palestinians back to the table.
Security restrictions have been lifted as clashes between Palestinian stone-throwers and Israeli security forces on Tuesday died down overnight.
US envoy George Mitchell has postponed a diplomacy visit to Israel at least until the international quartet - the US, UN, EU and Russia - have met this Thursday and Friday.
Source: BBC
Wary quiet in Jerusalem - Temple Mount open - Jerusalem Post
Synagogue Debate Adds to Tension in Jerusalem - CBN

US envoy George Mitchell postpones Israel visit

Mar. 16, 2010 - Following Israel's decision to start contruction on 1600 new settlement homes in East Jerusalem, the peace talks that were scheduled to begin now have been postponed, and US envoy George Mitchell has postponed his visit to Israel.
Tension remains high in Jerusalem, with a number of clashes on Tuesday.
Source: BBC
'Day of rage': Riots in Jerusalem - YNet
3,000 police officers around Temple Mount - YNet
U.S. confident Mideast peace talks to continue - Haaretz
Republicans slam Obama's hard line towards Israel - YNet

Obama's Turn Against Israel

Mar. 15, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal questions President Obama's foreign policy directions, being infinitely patient with Iran and Syria, but jumping at the chance to consider Israel's settlement-building plans an "insult" to the U.S.
Then again, this episode does fit Mr. Obama's foreign policy pattern to date: Our enemies get courted; our friends get the squeeze. It has happened to Poland, the Czech Republic, Honduras and Colombia. Now it's Israel's turn.
Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal: Why is Obama against Israel? - YNet News
Jerusalem council drops construction, apparently due to U.S. crisis - Haaretz
Israeli apology gets cool reception in Washington - Yahoo
US ponders denying Israel arms needed for conflict with Iran - DEBKAfile

Biden steers past spat over Israel settlement plan

Mar. 12, 2010 - US Vice-President Biden was irritated by the surprise announcement about a new settlement construction program while he was in Israel, trying to encourage a new start to peace talks. He was noticeably upset by the event, which evidently also caught Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu off guard. Speaking at Tel Aviv University, Biden said that he and President Obama,condemned the ongoing settlements "unequivocally."
But Biden's speech was devoted heavily to praising the close U.S. relationship with Israel. He said the U.S. has "no better friend" than Israel and said the U.S. "stands resolutely beside Israel against the scourge of terrorism."
Israel moves to change law after Biden "mishap"

PA: Peace talks off until East Jerusalem housing shelved

Mar. 11, 2010 - Israel announced plans to build 1,600 houses in East Jerusalem just as peace negotiations were to begin. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that Palestinians will not begin indirect talks with Israel unless the Israeli government annuls that decision.
His remarks follow comments by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who told visiting U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Wednesday that it was not enough for the Israeli decision to be condemned, it also had to be cancelled.
Source: Haaretz
Jerusalem expansion spurred by Biden's clampdown on Israeli action on Iran -DEBKAfile
U.S. condemns Israel's decision to build in disputed territory - CNN
Biden says peace talks must resume despite Mid-East row - BBC

Biden sees 'moment of opportunity' for Mid-East peace

Mar 9, 2010 - US Vice-President Joe Biden is in the Middle East to assist the re-start of peace talks between Israel and Palestinians. He characterized the four-months of planned indirect talks as a "moment of real opportunity" for peace between the two sides.

The Vice-President met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the peace process and Iran's nuclear program. It is thought that the US does not want Israel to take military action against Iran but Biden reiterated the determination of the US to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. At one point he told a news conference, "Progress occurs in the Middle East when everyone knows there is simply no space between the United States and Israel."

During the proximity talks, negotiating teams will meet separately with the US Middle East envoy George Mitchell, who will shuttle between them.
Source: BBC
Biden Says Indirect Middle East Peace Talks Can Allay Mistrust -Business Week

Biden in Mideast as Peace Process Appears to Pick Up Momentum

Mar. 8, 2010 - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will arrive in Israel today in an effort to restart stalled peace negotiations.

Special Middle East envoy George Mitchell, has been in Israel since Saturday, and has already begun the process by meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The PLO, following the endorsement of the Arab League, have also consented to indirect talks.

Senior Palestinian official Yasser Abed Rabbo told Palestinian radio the success of the talks will depend on whether Washington is able to pressure Israel into stopping settlement expansion.
Source: Voice of America
US Vice President Joe Biden’s delegation to Israel Monday will occupy over 200 hotel rooms at the David Citadel Hotel - Jerusalem Post
US Middle East peace mission hits snag before plane lands - Times Online - UK

Netanyahy meets Mitchell as PLO okays talks

Mar. 7, 2010 - Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met for over two hours Sunday with US special envoy George Mitchell in Jerusalem. Meanwhile, Palestinian leadership agreed to hold US-mediated indirect peace talks with Israel.
Sunday's decision by the Palestine Liberation Organization marks a first achievement for US diplomacy in the Israeli-Palestinian arena. However, the Palestinians warned they would walk away if the outlines of a border deal with Israel have not emerged after four months.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Mideast peace talks could begin as early as Sunday

Mar. 5, 2010 - After a 15-month hiatus, serious peace talks are at hand between Israel and the Palestinians. They will be considered "indirect" talks, to allow Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to save face about his statement that negotions could not begin until Israeli settlements stop. This will be the first Israeli-Palestinian negotiations under the leadership of the Obama administration, and it has the support of the the Arab League for at least four months. After four months, there must be a settlement freeze or they feel there would be no hope for progress.
U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell will land in Israel on Saturday night, and the American administration is hoping the sides will declare the beginning of indirect talks the following morning, ahead of the arrival of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Monday.
Source: Haaretz
Exclusive: U.S. vows to assign blame if Israel-PA talks fail - Haaretz
Violent clashes in Jerusalem, West Bank - Yahoo

Mideast war in 'very' near future?

Mar. 2, 2010 - A senior Egyptian security official says that recent high-level meetings between Israel's enemies may signal an attack of Israel in the near future. One of these meetings was a summit hosted by Syria. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was a participant. Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah and Khaled Meshal, head of the Hamas were also present. They indicated agreement with each other and vowed the destruction of Israel.
The meeting was followed up with another confab in Iran last weekend entitled "Islamic and National Solidarity with the Palestinian People." The summit was attended by the leaders of Hamas, Hezbollah and Syria. All three again denounced Israel.
Source: WorldNetDaily
Dubai police chief says to seek Netanyahu arrest - Reuters
Arab ministers back new Israel-Palestinian peace talks - BBC

Israel simulation prepares for two-front war with Hamas and Hizbullah

Mar. 1, 2010 -
On Feb. 25, the military concluded a command exercise that simulated a two-front war with Hamas and Hizbullah. The exercise included a scenario of massive missile and rocket strikes on Israel from Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.
Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi said that Israel does not want war, but they must must prepared for such possible scenarios.
Source: World Tribune

Trilateral meeting in Damascus

Feb. 26, 2010 - Syrian President Bashar Assad invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah to Damascus for dinner Thursday. The three of them discussed regional developments and “the zionist threat.”
On Thursday Ahmadinejad and Assad together unleashed vicious rhetoric against Israel, with Ahmadinejad declaring that the “criminal” state of Israel is doomed, and Assad charging that Israel “is capable of aggression at any point.”
They criticized the US efforts to produce peace in the Middle East. Ahmadinejad voiced his vision of a new Middle East “without Zionists and without colonialists.”
Source: Jerusalem Post

Clinton eyes quick resumption of Mideast talks

Feb. 25, 2010 - According to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, peace talks between Israelis and the Palestinians should resume soon but details are not yet known. U.S. envoy George Mitchell will be involved in the process. Ms. Clinton said:
We hope that that will commence shortly. We think it is absolutely necessary that they begin to talk about the final-status issues that divide them, that have perpetuated the conflict over all of these years.
Source: USA Today
Mideast Quartet meeting to be held in Moscow on March 19 - Russia Today

Report: US urges Syria, Israel to show restraint

Feb. 5, 2010 - Tensions between Israel and Syria are rising since Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman threatened to bring down Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime in the event of a war with Israel.

The United States is urging Syria and Israel to show restraint as America seeks to renew peace talks.

Source: YNet News
Bibi tells ministers to keep mum on Syria - YNet News

PM hopes to resume peace talks in few weeks

Feb. 4, 2010 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled hope for resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians.
"I have basis to hope, in a realistic way, that in the coming weeks we will resume the peace process with the Palestinians, without preconditions," the prime minister told the Herzliya Conference at the Interdisciplinary Center on Wednesday evening.
Source:YNet News

Mitchell to Abbas: No more excuses, renew Mideast talks

Feb. 2, 2010 - Impatient with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' refusal to return to peace talks, United States special Mideast envoy George Mitchell has urged Europe to step up pressure on the Palestinians. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner suggested that Abbas be reassured that talks would be aimed at the creation of a Palestinian state within the next two years.
Source: Haaretz

'Jerusalem will be Palestinian capital'

Jan. 28, 2010 - In an interview with an Arab-language Russian TV channel, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinians will insist on control over east Jerusalem as their capital.

He also said he could not resume peace talks with Israel until they stop construction in east Jerusalem.

Source: Jerusalem Post

Barak: Peace process failures greater threat than Iran nukes

Jan. 26, 2010 - Defense Minister Ehud Barak challenged Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, to return to the negotiating table for peace talks.
"The lack of a solution to the problem of border demarcation within the historic Land of Israel - and not an Iranian bomb - is the most serious threat to Israel's future," Barak told a Tel Aviv conference.
Abbas has been unwilling to continue peace negotiations unless Israel agrees to freezes settlement building in the West bank, including in east Jerusalem. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has urged Abbas to back down from his demands for a total freeze. If he doesn't, Mubarak says Egypt will "wash its hands" of the Palestinian issue.
Source: Haaretz

The Peace Process Is Upsetting the Whole World

Jan. 25, 2010 - Osama Bin Laden’s latest audio tape praised the attempted bombing of an airliner over Detroit on Christmas day. He said that another attack would be “highly likely.” He also directed a warning to President Obama himself that the US must stop supporting Israel. He said, “America will never dream of living in peace unless we live it in Palestine… It is unfair that you enjoy a safe life while our brothers in Gaza suffer greatly.”

Virtually every nation in the world is hoping for some sort of solution to this festering problem that has brought terrorism to their own doorsteps.

Year after year, and plan after plan, the hopes of a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians has risen and fallen, always coming short of complete satisfaction to both sides.

There are many tangled issues that make it difficult for the two sides to agree. Palestinian leaders demand that all the land lost to Israel in the ’67 war be returned in any peace settlement.

The Israelis have established settlements of Jewish people in these disputed areas over the years. Approximately 300,000 Jewish people live in these outposts. However, Israel has said they would be willing to give up some of these areas in the process and trade Israeli land to the Palestinians in exchange for the others. - more -

Source: Ron's Blog

Olmert's negotiator: Full Mideast peace impossible

Jan. 25, 2010 - Udi Dekel, who headed the negotiations task force under former prime minister Ehud Olmert, said, "I do not believe that in the foreseeable future there is a possibility of an agreement with the Palestinians on all the issues, especially on the problematic core issues." He explained that the previous method of negotiations established a premise that "nothing is agreed until everything is agreed."
"We thought at the time that this could provide the necessary flexibility in the negotiations, but in practice, every time someone showed flexibility, the other side tried to pin him down."
He said he hoped the process would be changed so that whatever is agreed upon is implemented step-by-step.
Source: Haaretz
Osama Bin Laden - US must stop supporting Israel - Prophecy Central's Terrorism section
Netanyahu: Settlement blocs are indisputable - Jerusalem Post
Netanyahu: Israel to Keep Parts of West Bank Forever - NewsMax

'Hamas accepts Israel's right to exist'

Jan. 22, 2010 - According to Aziz Dwaik, Hamas's most senior representative in the West Bank, Hamas would now accept Israel's right to exist. This means that they would be willing to nullify the part in the Hamas charter that calls for the destruction of Israel.
"The [Hamas] charter was drafted more than 20 years ago," Dwaik noted, adding that his movement would even be prepared to "nullify" the document.
Source: Jerusalem Post (Story no longer online.)
Mitchell to meet with Netanyahu as U.S. relaunches peace drive - Prophecy Central's Peace Section

Israel's U.S. envoy: Obama peace plan unrealistic

Jan. 12, 2010 - According to Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to Washington, The timetable for peace in Israel is unrealistic. U.S. special Mideast envoy George Mitchell i calling for a goal of two years to complete the process. He suggested that the U.S. might withhold loan guarantees from Israel if they delay the peace process any further.
Washington is now considering the possibility of launching "proximity talks" between Israel and the Palestinians, as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas continues to object to direct talks.
Source: Haaretz

Mitchell: Mideast stagnation endangers US aid

Jan. 8, 2010 - US special envoy George Mitchell warned that the US will curb its aid to Israel unless Israel tries to advance peace talks with the Palestinians.

Meanwhile, Secretary of state Hillary Clinton is trying to recruit Egypt to host a possible meeting to resume direct negotiations between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Source: Ynet
US preparing military for possible Iran conflict - Jerusalem Post

In test, Iron Dome successfully intercepts rockets

Jan. 7, 2010 - The Israeli Defense Ministry recently conducted succesful tests of the "Iron Dome" missile defense system. The system intercepts missiles launched from the Gaza Strip toward Israel. It is scheduled to become operational in mid-2010.
The missile volleys which the system succeeded in intercepting included a number of rockets that mimicked Kassam and longer range Grad-model Katyusha rockets that are known to be in Hamas's arsenal.
Source: Jerusalem Post

US readies new push on Middle East peace process

Jan. 7, 2009 - Senior administration officials are conducting a flurry of meetings in Washington and in European capitals during the next two weeks to discover new ways to energize the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.
President Barack Obama's attempt to restart the negotiations during his first year in office began with much fanfare with the appointment of Northern Ireland peace broker and former Sen. George Mitchell.
However, the process did not gain momentum during the year. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says that the administration will be more committed to the process this year.
Source: Jerusalem Post

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